Also known as eczema, atopic dermatitis often affects children during their first year. In 90 percent of people it appears by age 5. For half of patients the condition can last into adulthood with milder symptoms.
Atopic dermatitis causes itchy, dry and scaly patches to appear on the skin, often on the folds of the arms and legs. Skin can become thicker, bumpy and lighten or darken where the condition is flaring. Constant itching and scratching can lead to skin infections.
Atopic dermatitis tends to run in families. In addition, family members may have asthma or hay fever.
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For more information, visit the American Academy of Dermatology at www.aad.org/skin-conditions